Skyler Stromsmoe will be making his first career Triple-A start on Sunday, April 8th. The infielder was somewhat of a surprise to open the 2012 season on the Grizzlies roster, but that does not mean he belongs elsewhere.
But, who is Skyler Stromsmoe?
The Giants signed Stromsmoe as a non-drafted free agent in 2007 following his three-year career at Division II Southern Arkansas University. He holds the SAU record for stolen bases in a single season with 52 in 2007. Overall, Stromsmoe successfully stole 103 bases in 117 attempts with the Muleriders.
His hometown, Etzikom, Alberta, is a small settlement in the Canadian countryside. Etzikom is home to not only about 30 people, but it also home to the Etzikom Museum and Canadian National Historic Interpretive Windmill Centre.
Stromsmoe helped lead Canada to a gold medal this past offseason in the Pan Am Games held in Central America. Canada’s starting second baseman had two hits in the gold medal game, which followed a solo home run in the semifinal against Mexico the previous day. It was Canada’s first win in a major international senior baseball tournament.
The stint with Team Canada shortly followed Stromsmoe’s Eastern League playoff run with Double-A Richmond. In game one of the EL Championship Series, Stromsmoe made the Flying Squirrels 10-9 winners with a ninth-inning, two-run home run.
He played every position except catcher for Richmond in 2011, with the most games logged at shortstop. The versatile Stromsmoe even appeared in four games as a pitcher, not allowing a run in three of those four games.
Primarily serving as a bench player for the most of the season, Stromsmoe began to see more consistent at-bats by mid-July and eventually became the everyday shortstop in early August. He batted .321 (36-for-112) from July 24 through the end of the regular season. Over that same time span, he was fifth in the Eastern League in OBP (.407).
Back in 2009, the 28-year-old appeared in three games with the Grizzlies. He appeared in three games in September of that season, going hitless in his three pinch-hit at-bats.
Entering April 8th, the switch hitter has played in 263 career games, batting .249 (174-for-698) with 24 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 66 RBI. He is 28-for-38 in stolen base attempts over his five-year career.